Group Financial Controller

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    Cheshire, England

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    Ian C Hull BA (Hons) Dip RP

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    about 1 year ago

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Group Financial Controller - Permanent position based Northwich. FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY.

Tata Chemicals Europe (TCE) is the UK's sole producer of sodium carbonate (soda ash) and sodium bicarbonate, as well as the market leading producer of white salt. Our heritage dates back to the 1870s and we have been an important contributor to the economy of Cheshire ever since.

We have exciting times ahead for us as we embark on major investment across all our manufacturing sites in Cheshire to grow the business and deliver reliable high quality products into increasingly diverse markets. The Finance team will be at the core of this growth, being a key enabler on the journey.

We have an exciting vacancy for a Group Financial Controller in our business and this opportunity presents a varied, challenging and full workload associated with a £200m turnover business which is part of an international quoted group. With two bank groups, four distinct Business Units and multiple UK legal entities to manage, the team is always busy. TCE serves more than 1,000 customers worldwide and has hundreds of active suppliers, so there is a constant focus on enhanced governance, systems development and reporting excellence.

Job purpose statement:

To deliver a complete and accurate financial accounting and reporting service by establishing and maintaining a system of effective internal controls and leading the financial accounting team in facilitating high standards of governance across the business.

The Ideal Candidate:

As our Group Financial Controller you will need to have proven relevant technical skills, knowledge and experience to enable you to thrive in this complex and fast-moving business environment. You will need to have the ability to embrace the behaviours and leadership qualities that resonate throughout our organisation.

Reporting to the General Manager - Finance & Procurement, this is a strategically important role and under your leadership your small team of people will need to deliver an exemplary service. Your commitment to high standards of compliance and corporate governance is of paramount importance, however, we require more than this - we want someone who will also be proactive in addressing our evolving business challenges. In doing this you will continuously seek to develop yourself personally, develop your team's capability and add value through improved engagement, both within and outside the business.

You will be a person who enjoys working with people, whether this is working with colleagues on their governance and internal control responsibilities or when championing ideas for improvements to systems, processes, data management and stakeholder engagement. You'll need to be a hands-on, innovative person who is unafraid of being direct, but who can also adapt to new ideas and challenges from colleagues.

Your ability to solve problems, keen communication skills and enthusiasm for the business will ensure that you are a valued member of the senior management team. TCE is both a successful business and great place to work and the appointment of the right person to this role will help to ensure that this continues.

Principal Accountabilities

Lead the Financial Accounting Team in delivering complete, accurate and timely reports for Group (Tata Chemicals Limited) purposes, so that reporting deadlines are met on time in full whilst maintaining high standards of governance and effective internal controls.

Manage the preparation of statutory accounts and tax returns for TCE Group Limited and its subsidiaries on a timely basis and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, ensuring that appropriate tax planning measures are in place to maximise the use of allowances and minimise tax payments.

Lead the maintenance and development of SAP and Qlikview across the organisation so that maximum benefits are derived from effective use of the systems and interaction with underlying business processes.

Maintain effective forecasting processes and controls over cash flow so that the utilisation of receivables factoring facilities is maximized, foreign exchange exposure is minimized and early action can be taken to address any shortfalls by careful management of credit control and supplier management processes.

Lead the group's General Insurance and Credit Insurance programmes so that the balance of risk and cost is understood across the business and the programmes deliver value for money.

Lead risk management processes, including being the first point of contact for internal/external auditors, monitoring controls implicit in the delegated authorities database and driving changes based on maintenance of the tax risk register, so that internal controls are understood and adherence to controls is maintained.

Required knowledge and experience
Qualified Accountant (ACA or equivalent) with minimum of 5 years' PQE.

Previous Experience and Skills

Deep understanding of financial reporting in a multi-entity, large company environment.
Understanding of UK tax compliance and reporting requirements.
Understanding of the importance of process management and the opportunities presented by a holistic approach to ERP systems development and business process improvement

What can you expect in return?

Our people have always been at the centre of the company's success and in return for their hard work and commitment, we offer a generous benefits package including: 37 days holidays per year, inclusive of Bank Holidays, an additional paid day off each year to volunteer for a good cause in the local community, an excellent contributory Pension scheme, Life insurance, Healthcare and a range of other optional benefit schemes all within a flexible work environment.